“An American in Paris” has a long lineage, reaching back to 1928 with a work for orchestra by George Gershwin, which was adapted into a much-loved film by Vincente Minnelli in 1951, starring Gene Kelly as an American soldier and Leslie Caron as his spunky lover in a postwar France. It holds both bleakness and the hope of new beginnings. For this lavish Broadway production, director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon of London’s Royal Ballet created a dance-rich homage to the original film. This adaptation by Craig Lucas (who wrote “The Light in the Piazza”) brings new depth to a story we’ve come to know as merely bright and jolly, making it surprisingly relevant in our own war-torn world. Expect some of the best dancing you’ve ever seen in a Broadway show, from a touring cast that includes a principal dancer from the National Ballet of Canada and a soloist from the Joffrey Ballet.
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